Woman challenges Republican Herschel Walker to face abortion claim in public

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A woman who alleges US senate candidate Herschel Walker pressured her to have an abortion in 1993 has challenged the Republican, who has said he is against abortion without exception, to publicly confront her. before next month’s elections in Georgia. election.

The woman, who appeared at a press conference with attorney Gloria Allred but withheld her name, made the challenge two weeks before the Dec. 6 runoff election, in which Walker hopes to unseat Democratic U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock.

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Walker has called the woman’s allegations, which were first made public on Oct. 26, untrue. He has also denied the allegation of another woman claiming that he paid for her to have an abortion in 2009 and that she later gave birth to one of his children.

Neither woman has publicly revealed her identity. Reuters has not been able to independently confirm either woman’s claim.

“Do you have the guts to meet me in person, in public, look me in the eye and tell me to my face that you don’t know me and that none of what I just said is true? I look forward to your reaction,” the woman said on Tuesday.

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The Walker campaign was not immediately available for comment.

The woman and her attorney presented voice recordings that they claimed belonged to Walker. The attorney has said the woman has years of material, including receipts and greeting cards, documenting her romantic relationship with Walker from the late 1980s through the 1990s.

The Warnock-Walker race moves into a runoff as neither candidate received the required 50% of the vote in the November 8 midterm elections.

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A win in Warnock would increase Democrats’ razor-thin margin in the Senate by one, giving President Joe Biden’s party more room to maneuver.

(Reporting by David Morgan; editing by Scott Malone and Cynthia Osterman)

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